Shutdown of Belle Pumping Station

The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) has announced an immediate shutdown of the Belle Pumping Station in St Michael.

The BWA said this is as a result of technical problems and it is advising that low water pressure and outages may impact residents and commercial customers in parts of St Michael and Christ Church.

Affected areas in St Michael are the City of Bridgetown, Belleville, Carrington Village, Belmont Road, Halls Road, Martindale’s Road, Constitution Road, Roebuck Street, The Bay Land, Clapham, Tichbourne, Chapel Gap, The Pine, Wildey, Waterford, Bush Hall, Spooner’s Hill, White Hall, Grazettes, Cave Hill, Codrington and the surrounding areas.

In Christ Church – St Matthias, the South Coast from Hastings to Oistins, Fort George Heights, Britton’s Hill, Marine Gardens, Rendezvous Gardens, Welches, Sargeant’s Village, Vauxhall, Sheraton and surrounding districts – are likely to be affected.

The BWA said water tankers will be dispatched to assist essential services first and all other commercial and residential customers after.

It said crews are working assiduously to rectify the problem.

6 Responses to Shutdown of Belle Pumping Station

  1. jrsmith March 6, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Because of neglect by our politicians , bad management and below par technicians to upgrade the water infrastructure over the past 4 decades , we have come to almost total water shut down in barbados….
    There is so much cheap technology around the world and this happens to Barbados..back to water tankers……..
    And the world laughs at us……….

  2. Bajan First March 6, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Jr are you going to go back to the administration which is part of the problem of which you speak or are you going to go for a new party with new ideas! I can’t see any improvement coming from either of the existing political parties

  3. Richard F. Pepin March 6, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    This is no way to attract tourist to your island. What is the “TECHNICIAN PROBLEM”? Is it a pump and you do not have a stand by pump.
    Does the Goverment realize how many hotels have been affected.
    Time for the Goverment to act RESPONSIBLE
    UNHAPPY GUEST TO YOUR ISLAND of 40+ visits and maybe the last!

  4. Tony Webster March 7, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Think: back-up dis, and back-up dat. Back-up your computer. Back-up de computer power supply…wid a U.P.S. Uninterruptible Power Suppy .Your vehicle has a spare tyre (used to call it a “stepney”)…for good reason.

    what to do effin a glass breaks itself ( at my home…no youngster has ever broken a glass….”Uncle Tony…de glass break”. Solution, you takes out anudder “back-up” glass. Used up all de Milo? Take -out de back-up one. Running a computer centre? Back -up everything, even the computer centre itself…a bank I know had a variety of strategies to protect their customers’ business- and their own: either a tandem hardware infrastructure , ie, “real-time mirroring”, either adjacent to the prime one, or in another building; father and grand-father data-bases stored daily at other locations. When fate destroyed the Twin Towers in N.Y. (9/11), I had a call from a colleague who worked in our N.Y. office which was within blast-range of it all, wondering how on earth they were faring, staff, business …surely …they were in a mess? Nope: I was reassured “We’ve just moved to our back-up site: full offices; full computer access, all up and running”. Not an eye-lid batted; not a skipped heart-beat. Effective management, and leadership in action. Simply, fundamental and essential.

    Would anyone like a name and phone number to chat with folks who can manage something as insignificant as water?

    • Clyde Thompson March 7, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Tony you are so right but this is the culture of most major utility suppliers in Barbados.
      BWA recently removed the old power supply and replaced them with newer state of the art ones.
      The engineer in charged failed here rather than housing the newer power supply in separate facility on site and I know there is room to do that, he (they) choose to reinvent the wheel and threw out the baby with the bath water.

  5. Helicopter(8P) March 7, 2017 at 10:26 am

    On reply to Mr Tony Webster! Can you remember the days of country as well as some city dwellers having to need the desperate services of the early days sewer-man as is now known as the Number #1 Man in the Number#2 Business those guys had to rise at four o’ clock in the mornings and fill up their donkey and mule carts with white lime from Mr Warner or the gentleman in Map Hill then continue to through the countryside relieving the effected persons of overflowing sanitary pits. Electrical closets and control rooms are to be isolated from moisture and should be in a controlled environment.


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